By Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong
Voting 5 to 0, the Town Board Thursday night (May 5) approved a new zoning code for Philipstown, capping a process that stretched over three years of successive drafts, entailed widespread and sometimes raucous public debate, and began with a planning efforts 10 years ago. On an evening of congratulations all around and kind words even from former fierce critics, the Town Board received a standing ovation for its often-painstaking work in fine-tuning the 100-plus-page law. In turn, Supervisor Richard Shea, who spearheaded the initiative, expressed appreciation to the town’s residents for their attention and concern. “I’d be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to thank just about everybody in the town,” he said shortly after the vote. “Without their input this document would’ve been so much less. “We’ve taken a big step forward in protecting the things we value most here.”
Immediately after the rezoning vote, the board voted to change the town’s Conservation Advisory Council into the Conservation Board, enhancing its role in resolving land-use questions. The actions came during the Town Board’s formal monthly meeting before an audience of about 50 at the Town Hall. [Philipstown.info is preparing full coverage of the rezoning and related developments. Watch for more, in-depth news in days to come.]
Photo by L.S. Armstrong
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